Time and Tide: A Novel

Time and Tide: A Novel

by Edna O'Brien


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A newly reissued novel from the author of Girl, “one of the most celebrated writers in the English language” (NPR’s Weekend Edition)

“As her disturbing novel clearly reveals, Edna O’Brien possesses what Henry James called an imagination for disaster...[Time and Tide] is an anthology of heightened moments...never less than brilliantly expressed.” —Joel Conarroe, The New York Times Book Review

Time and Tide is a fragmented novel detailing the loves and catastrophes—and catastrophic loves—of Nell, an Irish woman trying to make a life for herself in the literary world of London.

"A whimsical beauty who has swapped the suffocating narrowness of her native land for the loveless brutality of England" (The Independent), Nell is in flight from bitter, controlling, and small-minded parents, yet risks becoming just such a mother to her own sons. She seeks comfort and acceptance, yet finds death, drugs, and "an orgy of humiliation" (The New York Times Book Review). She seeks companionship, yet finds one after another predatory man: sadists, alcoholics, unscrupulous doctors, and even child molesters. Can Nell extract from the "the vast inhospitality of a creaking world" some measure of beauty and grace? The answer, of course, is yes—but at the price of many illusions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374538811
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 795,047
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 7.88(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Since her debut novel, The Country Girls, EDNA O'BRIEN has written more than twenty works of fiction. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal, and the Frank O'Connor Prize. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, she has lived in London for many years.

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Time and Tide 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
oldblack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, on the believability scale so much of this book rates near zero, that it becomes unbelievable as a whole. This means that any potentially valuable exploration of mother-child relationships just gets lost a sea of drivel and garbage. It's highly likely that Ms O'Brien is writing on a higher level that the one on which I operate, so the problem is with me rather than with the book, but after nearly 200 pages I gave up in disgust. It started well but then progressed steadily downhill. I found myself really struggling by the time i reached her description of the main character's LSD trip, but the book degenerated further from there.This was the passage that finally provoked me to throw the book across the room. It describes an event in the main character's hospital room, in which she is visited by a man (Boris) with whom she used to have a relationship of sorts, and the man's new partner, Olga.:"....Boris took Olga's leather drawstring bag and held it upside down, so that the coins rolled along the floor, and then he made Olga get down and pick them up while he kicked her amiably and she whimpered, "It hurts Kermit...it hurts, Kermit" as she did the circuit of the room."If I was in that room I'd walk out shaking my head, and never talk to any of the people again. If she thinks this is worth writing about, I'm not going to read Edna O'Brien ever again.There is a valid point to be made about the tragedy of male-female relationships, but creating such a ridiculous parody of a 'relationship' surely can't encourage anyone to take the issue seriously.
SISA More than 1 year ago
I was reading in "reading Jackie her autobiography in books" Page 17 a paraphrase from the book: "Later in life she became good friends with the Irish writer Edna O¿Brien. When O¿Brien¿s novel Time and Tide came out in 1992, Jackie told her why she couldn¿t put the book down: ¿You have the power to move more than anyone I know.¿ The power to move was the magic Jackie found in her favorite writers and books." Isn't that amazing? I can't wait to read this book now!!